Carson-Newman launching Tennessee Promise-eligible associate’s degree program

JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – Carson-Newman University will begin offering a new Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies this fall, that is eligible for the Tennessee Promise program.

“This makes a great school more affordable for families who might have felt they couldn’t afford Carson-Newman in the past,” said Dr. Paul Percy, dean of Academic Affairs.

Percy says students interested in Carson-Newman who don’t qualify for the Hope Scholarship or Pell Grants can now take a look at the Tennessee Promise program.

Carson-Newman University’s Dr. Paul Percy visits with students at a campus event. Percy will help oversee the University’s new Associate of Arts degree program this fall. The new degree option makes Carson-Newman a Tennessee Promise institution. (source: Carson-Newman University)
Carson-Newman University’s Dr. Paul Percy visits with students at a campus event. Percy will help oversee the University’s new Associate of Arts degree program this fall. The new degree option makes Carson-Newman a Tennessee Promise institution. (source: Carson-Newman University)

“Beyond the potential Tennessee Promise financial benefits, the new AA degree will serve as a life benchmark for students,” said Percy. “Having an associate’s degree is an accomplishment. The truth is not everyone who begins a four-year program finishes in four years,” said the dean. “The reality is that sometimes life happens.”

Carson-Newman says the liberal studies degree will allow students the flexibility to major in whatever they want and get an associate’s degree. Those interested can then transfer seamlessly into Carson-Newman’s baccalaureate program.

The Tennessee Promise was signed into law last year and gives the opportunity for every graduating senior in Tennessee to attend community or technical college for free.

 

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